Best Headphones Under $200

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While it’s true that most flagship headphones tend to cost well over $300, it doesn’t mean that a pair of headphones has to be expensive in order to deliver an up-to-par listening experience. It’s all about finding a middle ground that combines reliable functionality and affordable pricing.

The 200$ price point is home to numerous high-quality headphones, but with the deluge of units on the market, finding the right pair of budget-friendly headphones can be quite daunting. In this article, we’ll simplify the selection process by highlighting the best headphones under $200.

Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 Review

Almost everyone can concur that the BackBeat Pro 2 wireless headphones from Plantronics are the best pair of over-ear headphones in the $200 price point. From the excellent battery lifespan and ultra-comfortable fit to the simplistic controls and balanced sound profile, this pair has it all.

These headphones flaunt great aesthetic appeal and highly enduring construction. The ear cups are oval-shaped and very well-padded to ensure optimal comfort. The overall build is pretty light compared to other competitors, which further adds to the comfort that these headphones offer.

BackBeat Pro 2 features easy-to-use physical buttons that allow for graceful navigation through the unit’s functionalities. The ‘Special Edition’ variant of BackBeat Pro 2 is complemented by an extremely convenient hard carrying case for easy portability. Surely worth the few extra bucks.

As far as sound quality, BackBeat Pro 2 boasts a well-balanced sound profile that’s accentuated by equitable extra low-bass. The rest of the frequency ranges are clearly accurate, which makes this pair of headphones optimal for a host of musical genres and other forms of audio content.

One of the strongest selling points of these headphones is their superb 30-hour battery lifespan on a single charge. The headphones feature an active noise-canceling functionality as well as a companion app for convenience. Sadly, the dedicated app doesn’t feature EQ customization.

  • ✓ Lightweight and notably comfortable
  • ✓ Competitive 30-hour battery lifespan
  • ✓ Boasts a well-balanced sound profile
  • ✓ Rugged and visually appealing build
  • ✓ Extremely responsive media controls
  • Noise isolation isn’t all that effective
  • The design can be viewed as bulky

Verdict

The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 headphones are living proof that you don’t need to squander an extortionate amount of money to enjoy a praiseworthy listening experience. The app would have benefited from a few customization options, but the sound quality is quite commendable, overall.

Bose SoundLink On-Ear

Bose SoundLink On-Ear Review

Bose’s SoundLink is arguably the best pair of on-ear headphones under $200. You might not be a fan of on-ear headphones because most of them tend to be uncomfortable, but the SoundLink headphones are lightweight, extremely well-padded, and remarkably comfortable overall.

Aesthetic appeal is certainly one of these headphones’ strong suits. They look and feel well-built and durable. In addition, they feature easy-to-use physical buttons that allow for easy navigation through the features. It’s worth noting that these on-ears come with a convenient carrying case.

Another neat thing about SoundLink’s build is that it’s smaller than most other on-ear models, so they’re highly recommended if you champion compactness. The headphones flaunt a battery life of around 21 hours, which is pretty commendable considering their ultra-small construction.

Bose SoundLink delivers a well-balanced sound profile that’s well-suited for an extensive range of genres and audio content. They’re not as accurate as other Bose models, though. In addition, they don’t feature an active noise-canceling feature, so they don’t block out noise efficiently.

Considering their on-ear build and the lack of an ANC feature, the SoundLink headphones may not be the ideal pick for you if you champion a non-invasive listening experience. Nevertheless, these headphones perform very well for their price and come with a convenient dedicated app.

  • ✓ Great battery life and quick charging
  • ✓ A highly convenient companion app
  • ✓ Insanely lightweight and comfortable
  • ✓ Tactile and efficient physical controls
  • ✓ Offers a well-balanced sound profile
  • Employs a micro-USB for charging
  • Noise isolation is near nonexistent

Verdict

On-ear headphones get a bad rap for being uncomfortable, but Bose’s SoundLink on-ears break out of that mold, thanks to their lightweight construction and effective padding. The only problem we have with these on-ears is that they leak at higher volumes, so keep that into consideration.

Samsung Galaxy Buds+

Samsung Galaxy  Review

In search of the best earbuds under $200? Look no further! Samsung’s Galaxy Buds+ aren’t just miles ahead of other earbuds within its price range in terms of sound quality, but also in terms of aesthetics, features, and comfort. Not to mention that this is a pair of truly wireless earbuds.

Samsung Galaxy Bud+ is featured in various appealing colors, including Black, Red, White, and Cloud Blue. Our favorite by far is the Cloud Blue version. It just looks super appealing. The buds are extremely lightweight and comfortable. They’re also pretty rugged and stable in the ear.

These earbuds flaunt a remarkable battery lifespan of about 13 hours, which is quite impressive considering this is a pair of truly wireless headphones. The earbuds also feature touch-sensitive control. However, we’re on the fence about these controls, as they’re a bit cumbersome to use.

On default, Samsung Galaxy Buds+ sounds remarkably well-balanced and accurate, making it a perfect pair of earbuds for various genres of music. The earbuds also have a dedicated app that allows you to choose from a few different EQ presets to ensure an ideal listening experience.

There are many things to admire about Samsung Galaxy Buds+, but active noise canceling isn’t one of these things. These earbuds leak a bit at higher volumes, which is a bummer. Aside from that, when it comes to earbuds under $200, it doesn’t get better than Samsung Galaxy Buds+.

  • ✓ Flaunts remarkable battery lifespan
  • ✓ Lightweight, sturdy, and comfortable
  • ✓ A well-balanced and accurate profile
  • ✓ Dedicated app with plenty of options
  • ✓ Available in various appealing colors
  • The control scheme is cumbersome
  • Doesn’t have active noise-canceling

Verdict

Samsung Galaxy Buds+ combines true wireless functionality, superb battery life, lightweight and durable construction, and most importantly well-balanced and precise reproduction. It’ll take you a few tries to get the hang of the touch-sensitive control scheme, but you’ll get there eventually.

Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro

Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro Review

Are you looking for the ideal pair of open-back headphones that can offer an exemplary at-home listening experience? Beyerdynamic’s DR 990 Pro over-ear headphones are the way to go. This pair of headphones is also the right choice for anyone who champions comfort over everything.

The reason why these headphones are so comfortable is due to their open-back design. They’re not designed to block sound, and so the ear cups are made of soft leather that delivers a superb deal of comfort. These headphones leak, so make sure you use them at home or in the studio.

The sound quality of the DT 990 Pro headphones is out of this world. It delivers one of the most well-balanced quality profiles out of all the products on this list. You’d expect the bass response to be subpar considering this is a pair of open-back headphones, but it’s surprisingly striking.

We’re especially fond of the mid-range on this pair of headphones. It’s just free from any form of sound impurities or imperfections. And while the treble is balanced, the mid-treble area can be a bit too emphasized in some tracks, which can result in an unwanted, overly-bright timbre.

Just like most open-back headphones, DT 990 Pro flaunts exemplary soundstage and dynamic range. Before buying these Beyerdynamic over-ears, make sure the device with which you’ll be using these headphones is equipped with a 3.5mm jack, as these are wired headphones.

  • ✓ Natural, well-rounded sound quality
  • ✓ Flaunts an excellent dynamic range
  • ✓ Perfect for longer listening sessions
  • ✓ Works perfectly without an amplifier
  • ✓ Boasts an excellent mid-range area
  • Mid-treble area can be overly bright
  • Great only for home and studio use

Verdict

If you’re looking for a pair of budget-friendly wired headphones for at-home or in-studio listening, it doesn’t get any better than Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro. With an exemplary dynamic range and soundstage, these headphones will rock your world. And they don’t require a supporting amp.

Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC Review

Sennheiser HD 4.50 is yet another terrific pair of over-ear headphones that are worth checking out. Unlike Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro, this is a pair of closed-back headphones, so you should expect effective active noise canceling and immersive, non-invasive listening experience.

These headphones flaunt an astounding battery lifespan of 25 hours with ANC disabled and 19 hours with ANC enabled. In terms of charging time, it’ll take you around 2 hours to recharge the battery if it’s entirely depleted. With ANC activated, you don’t have to worry about sound leaks.

In terms of sound quality, the overall profile is quite balanced, especially the mid-range area and bass response. The treble sounds pretty balanced as well for the most part, but you can tell that it’s a bit of recessed. These headphones are ideal if you’re looking for a bass-heavy sound.

It’s worth noting that when you enable the active noise-canceling functionality, the sound quality won’t be as good as when noise canceling is disabled, which is a bit of a bummer. Nevertheless, Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC would be an ideal pair of headphones for almost all environments.

We’re quite fond of how hassle-free the Bluetooth connection is, thanks to the use of advanced NFC technology. The controls on the ear cup are pretty intuitive and easy to use. And lastly, the headphones feature side-swiveling ear cups and a foldable headband for ease of portability.

  • ✓ One of the most portable over-ears
  • ✓ Sound leakage is kept at a minimum
  • ✓ Superb battery lifespan with ANC on
  • ✓ A bass-driven, treble-froward sound
  • ✓ Perfect for longer listening sessions
  • Enabling ANC reduces sound quality
  • Not the best headphones for big ears

Verdict

There isn’t much to complain about regarding Sennheiser’s HD 4.50 BTNC over-ears. This pair does a brilliant job of combining top-notch functionality and optimal comfort at a reasonable tag. They’re ideal for virtually all situations. Just make sure that they’re not too small for your ears.

Sony WH-CH700N

Sony WH-CH700N Review

A list of the best headphones under $200 wouldn’t be complete without a Sony product, after all, Sony is one of the most prominent manufacturers in the headphones market. We’ve chosen the WH-CH700N over-ear headphones with the highly convenient Alexa voice control functionality.

Despite being a very affordable pair of headphones, the Sony WH-CH700N pair packs a serious punch. Granted, the design might be a little bulky and cumbersome for some people, but it’s one of the most comfortable designs on our list. It’ll allow you to listen for hours without irritation.

The reason behind such immense comfort is that this pair of headphones flaunt padding all over the place. You’d like that such thoroughly padded headphones would be heavy, but the design is super lightweight. For a wireless unit, these headphones deliver outstanding sound quality.

Behind those large speaker housings on the Sony WH-CH700N headphones, lies an impressive set of drivers that deliver a fantastic frequency range. The headphones are equipped with digital noise-canceling technology as well, so you don’t have to worry about any interfering noises.

One of the strongest selling points of Sony’s WH-CH700N is its unrivaled battery lifespan of 35 hours per single charge, making it the longest-lasting pair of headphones on this list. It also has the voice assistant feature, granting you voice access to music, information, and a lot more.

  • ✓ Lightweight, very well-padded design
  • ✓ Great sound profile for a wireless rig
  • ✓ Offers an unmatched battery lifespan
  • ✓ Flaunts a voice assistant functionality
  • ✓ Highly reliable digital noise canceling
  • The most expensive pair on this list
  • Could be too large for some people

Verdict

Sony’s WH-CH700N over-ears might very well be the smartest pair of headphones on our list. In terms of sound quality, comfort, and functionality, these headphones simply excel. We can see a few people complaining about the bulky design, but this is a complaint that’s almost negligible.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, the $200 price point is packed with numerous high-quality headphones, proving that you can enjoy a grand listening experience without having to spend loads of money. In your opinion, which one of the above-mentioned headphones you think is the best?